Home to several prestigious universities, an efficient educational system and impressive natural landscapes, Australia offers a welcoming and supportive environment for international students.
How much does it cost to study in this wonderful place, you wonder? General living costs are demanding. However, that does not deter international students at all.
Australia has about 40 public universities, two international and one private university, offering several courses, ranging from business and engineering to history and arts. The cost of studying in Australia depends on the institution and programs that one chooses to pursue as well as the location and the lifestyle. One would need to spend about 33,400 AUD as tuition fees for one year.
Average tuition based on degree level:
Bachelor’s degree: Between 15,000 – 33,000 AUD/year
Master’s and PhD degree: Between 14,000 – 37,000 AUD/year
Generally, students would need between 1,800 and 2,500 AUD/month to take care of all their living expenses, which would include their accommodation, food and social activities.
The following table will give you a fair idea of how much it would cost international students in different places of Australia:
Sydney: about 2,500 AUD/month.
Adelaide: about 1,700 AUD/month.
Brisbane: about 1,800 AUD/month.
Melbourne: about 1,200 AUD/month.
Canberra: about 1,000 AUD/month.
Housing Costs In Australia:
Typically, after getting accepted into an Australian university, you can avail the student dormitories for on-campus accommodation. The majority of international students get housing in a homestay with a local family, a rental property or a guest house.
Most common accommodation options for students in Australia:
Home stay: Costs around 440 – 1,080 AUD/month.
Guest houses: Prices are between 320 – 540 AUD/month.
Student halls of residence: Prices start from cost 320 and go up to 1,000 AUD/month.
Rent an apartment: Average prices of 1,700 AUD/month
You need to keep in mind that the prices also vary depending on the city in Australia.
Apart from rent, your accommodation will require some extra expenses:
Utilities: Up to 175 AUD/month.
Internet pass: Costs around 70 AUD/month.
Transportation Costs in Australia:
Some universities provide a private transport supplier that helps students who stay on campus late or have to reach some difficult areas. The Australian government also offers free transport to international students who enrol in the ACTION programme.
You can avail discounts from state programmes such as SA (South Australia), QLD (Queensland) or VIC (Melbourne) depending on the area you are living in.
You can try the public transport pass for students that would cost between 30 and 70 AUD/month, depending on the city.
You can also opt for a bicycle if you are in Melbourne as it is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Australia.
Apart from these costs, you may take a health insurance, which will start from 25-30 AUD/month. And not to forget the books, supplies, and other learning materials that would start from 500 to 1,000 AUD/year. You can check scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government that cover full tuition fees, travel expenses and part of the monthly living costs among others. Good luck!